Incoming first-year and transfer students may receive credit toward graduation provided their prior coursework meets Oberlin’s academic requirements.

Incoming students may receive credit toward graduation for:

  1. Successful completion of college-level coursework in secondary school, as measured by performance on the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) examination
  2. Work completed in International Baccalaureate (IB) programs
  3. Successful completion of approved liberal arts courses taken at a college while enrolled in high school; credits for such courses must appear on a transcript from an accredited college or university

Work transferred to Oberlin may be counted (within the overall limit of five full academic courses or the equivalent prior to matriculation and three full academic courses after matriculation) toward the degree. However, it will not count toward the general degree requirements, such as the curriculum exploration requirement or the cultural diversity requirement.

For complete information on the general degree requirements, view the Catalog.

AP and IB credit is granted on the assumption that the student does not enroll in an equivalent course at Oberlin; a student must relinquish credit if the student enrolls in the equivalent course.

Oberlin accepts only higher-level scores for International Baccalaureate credit.

Departmental policies are subject to change.

Program Score of AP or IB Exam Awarded Advanced Placement in Oberlin Courses Comments
Art History 5 - AP 1 Full Course ART 600 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
Biology 4 or 5 - AP 1 Full Course BIOL 604 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
Biology 6 or 7 - HL IB 1 Full Course BIOL 604 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
Chemistry 4, 5 - AP 1 Full Course CHEM 101 Counts toward major
Chemistry 6 or 7 - HL IB 1 Full Course CHEM 101 Counts toward major
Chemistry A - Level Scores A*, A, or B     *May petition Dept. Chair to begin Chemistry with 103
Computer Science 4, 5 - AP (A) 1 Full Course CSCI 150 Counts toward major
Computer Science 5, 6 or 7 - HL IB 1 Full Course CSCI 150 Counts toward major
English 5 - AP (Lit or Comp) 1 Full Course ENGL 600 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
English *5 - AP (Lang or Comp) 1 Full Course ENGL 600 *May request credit from the RHET Dept. but credit is not automatic.
English 6-7 - HL IB 1 Full Course ENGL 600 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
Environmental Studies 4, 5 - AP 1 Full Course ENVS 600 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
French 4, 5 - AP (Liti or Lang) 1 Full Course FREN 300 Not for major credit
Will count toward total credit for graduation
German 4, 5 - AP 1 Full Course GERM 300 Counts toward major
Hispanic 5 - AP (Lit or Lang) 1 Full Course HISP 300 Counts toward major
Hispanic 6 - 7 HL IB 1 Full Course HISP 300 Counts toward major
History 4, 5 - AP (World) 1 Full Course HIST 097 Not for major credit
History 4, 5 - AP (Europe) 1 Full Course HIST 098 Not for major credit
History 4, 5 - AP (US) 1 Full Course HIST 099 Not for major credit
History 6 - 7 HL IB 1 Full Course - Not for major credit
Latin 4, 5 - AP 1 Full Course LATN 201 (Lit) or LATN 202 (Vergil) Not for major credit
Will need Chair approval - a syllabus & samples of work required.
Latin 6 - 7 HL IB 1 Full Course LATN 201 (Lit) or LATN 202 (Vergil) Not for major credit
Will need Chair approval - a syllabus & samples of work required.
Mathematics 4, 5 - AP (BC) 2 Full Courses MATH 133, 134 Students receiving credit in one or more courses do not need to take the Calculus Readiness or Statistics Readiness Exam
Counts toward total credit for graduation
Mathematics 3 - AP (BC with AB Sub Score 4 or 5) 1 Full Course MATH 133 Counts toward total credit for graduation
Mathematics 4, 5 - AP (AB) 1 Full Course MATH 133 Counts toward total credit for graduation
Mathematics 6 or 7 Higher IB 2 Full Courses MATH 133 & 134 Counts toward total credit for graduation
Mathematics 5 Higher IB 1 Full Course MATH 133 Counts toward total credit for graduation
Music 4, 5 - AP (Theory) 1 Full Course MUTH 001 Counts toward total credit for graduation
Physics 4 - AP (B) 1 Full Course PHYS 103 Counts toward major
Physics 5 - AP (B) 2 Full Courses PHYS 103, 104 Counts toward major
Physics 4, 5 - AP (1) 1 Full Course PHYS 103 Counts toward major
Physics 4, 5 - AP (2) 1 Full Course PHYS 104 Counts toward major
Physics 4, 5 - AP (C Mech) 1 Full Course PHYS 110 Counts toward major
Physics 4, 5 - AP (C E&M) 1 Full Course PHYS 111 Counts toward major
Physics 5 HL IB 1 Full Course PHYS 103 Counts toward major
Physics 6-7 HL IB 2 Full Courses PHYS 103, 104 Counts toward major
Politics 5 - AP (Amer) 1 Full Course POLT 099 Only one of these three areas
counts toward major and graduation
Politics 5 - AP (Comp) 1 Full Course POLT 099 Only one of these three areas
counts toward major and graduation
Politics 5 - (Gen. Polt) 1 Full Course POLT 099 Only one of these three areas
counts toward major and graduation
Psychology 5 - AP 1 Full Course PSYC 800 Counts toward major

For information on how to send International Baccalaureate results to Oberlin, visit the International Baccalaureate® website.

View International Baccalaureate: Getting Results 

 

The basic guidelines for requesting that an AP Grade Report be sent to Oberlin College is available on the College Board website.

View College Board: AP Score Reporting Services 

 

Oberlin degree credit is possible, depending on departmental and registrar approval, for widely recognized International Entrance Exams, such as the:

  • British System A-Levels
  • French Baccalaureate

To receive credit for any of these exams, follow these general instructions:

  1. Obtain the official, original document showing your official results and bring it to the registrar’s office. The document needed is the one which lists in detail the subjects you studied and the exam marks you earned for each of these subjects studied. The official, original document is required.
  2. A photocopy of the original will be made and the original document will be returned to you. We recommend you save this document in a highly secure place.
  3. You will be given copies of your document for you to bring to the Oberlin departments where the courses would have been taught, if they had been taught at Oberlin. You would go to those departments and present the official document showing your scores and any other documentation they request to understand what you studied. Such things can include syllabi, textbooks, notes, papers, exams, etc. You may need to explain which of these items are still available and which are not. You need to be prepared to validate your work.
  4. In awarding credit, departments usually follow practices similar to the ones they have established for AP/IB credit.